Four Critical Attributes to Consider in a Project Management Outsourcing Partner

In the pharmaceutical industry there are many different types of outsourcing.  There is functional outsourcing (research, development, commercial, regulatory, IT, etc.), outsourcing of roles, (project management, CRAs, chemists, etc.), and outsourcing of projects (drugs, vaccines, clinical trials, initiatives, software, etc.).   To gauge the amount of outsourcing going on these days, consider outsourcing of clinical trials.  In 2008,[…]

3 Critical Mistakes in Pharma Resourcing Decision-Making

Sometimes it is hard to understand how pharmaceutical companies make hiring decisions.  There is no doubt that hiring decisions in the pharma world are complex and risky. Still, after helping a countless number of pharmaceutical companies over the last 25 years, sometimes I still just don’t get it. Hiring decisions are critical to a company’s[…]

Resource Management: To Algorithm or Not to Algorithm?

Demand forecasting—the ability to project demand by role and project—is an important part of resource management. Companies conduct demand forecasting in several ways. Some have project managers enter demand by role for, say, 12 months. Others communicate standards to help drive consistency in how project managers estimate demand. Still, others create demand forecasting algorithms to[…]

Pharma: Not Everyone is a Project Manager But Everyone Manages Projects

The other day, a client asked me to define “project management.” I defined it broadly as the organization and management of work in an effective and useful manner. Based on that definition, I asserted that everyone in the pharmaceutical industry is a project manager. And I suggested that the more important question is not what project management[…]